Category Archives: Free Stuff


March 14th,2014
2014, Festivals, Free Stuff, Local Business

Miller Free Rides

Whether you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in St. Paul or Minneapolis this year, Miller Lite and Metro Transit have you covered.  Miller Lite Free Rides® program wants everyone to celebrate safely so once again residents and visitors to the Twin Cities can ride any Metro Transit bus, light-rail, or Northstar commuter train from 6pm to the end of regular service on March 17th for FREE.

So, please drink like the Irish but get home responsibly by checking out this free program!


 Miller Lite, Metro Transit, J.J. Taylor Distributing Team Up to Provide Free Bus and Train Service in the Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (March 4, 2014) – The Original Lite Beer is once again celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Twin Cities by providing residents and visitors with the popular Miller Lite Free Rides® program.  In partnership with Metro Transit and J.J. Taylor Distributing, Miller Lite will provide Free Rides Monday, March 17 on all Metro Transit bus and light-rail routes, as well as the Northstar commuter train beginning at 6 p.m. until the end of regular service. 

 “We believe that with great beer comes great responsibility, and that begins with planning ahead for a safe ride home,” said Diane Wagner, MillerCoors responsibility commerce manager. “We’re proud to provide Miller Lite Free Rides in the Twin Cities for the 17th year, and we encourage everyone out celebrating to take advantage of this free and convenient program.”

 “We’re pleased to team up with MillerCoors again this St. Patrick’s Day to offer a popular, safe travel choice,” said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb. “This enduring public-private partnership has won praise from riders and public safety organizations alike.”

 The Miller Lite Free Rides® program is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year. Since the program’s inception, Miller Lite has provided more than 4 million ‘Free Rides’ in a total of 16 communities across the country, and has gained the involvement and support of local law enforcement, public safety agencies, and other community and government organizations nationwide.

 For detailed route and schedule information, call 1-800-FREE-RIDES (1-800-373-3743), text “METRO” to 90464 or visit

St. Paul Winter Carnival – January 23rd to February 2nd, 2014

January 22nd,2014
2014, Arts, Contests, Festivals, Free Stuff, Kid Friendly, Outdoor, Things To Do

#260 of 365 St. Paul Winter Carnival

It is that time of year again for a perennial favorite of the Twin Cities, the St. Paul Winter Carnival!

And it is about time to remember why we stick around year after year in the cold weather.  There are some things you can get here, you can’t get any where else in the country.  It would really be hard to have an ice sculpture competition (as well as snow sculpting) without the cold temperatures to keep these masterpieces intact.

In past years we have covered the St. Paul Winter Carnival here: and here: .

As well as covering fun activities at the Carnival like the Winter Beer Dabbler and the Ice Sculptures.  

This year they have some new and fun events to check out. 

Moon Glow Parade, Thursday, January 23rd, 5 p.m.

Check out this parade as it is open to all ages and is free.  This is the official kickoff of the 128th Saint Paul Winter Carnival – the Moon Glow Parade.  Join the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce in their lobby at 5 p.m. for hot chocolate, cookies and a chance to mingle with other Winter Carnival fans.  At 6 p.m. follow hot air balloon baskets through the streets of Saint Paul to Rice Park where live music from McNally Smith College of Music will get you into a partying mood.  An ice bar will be open and will be serving Summit Beer and Cannon River wine, including the new King Boreas wine!

At Rice Park stage check out Mad Science of Minnesota

Mad Science of Minnesota will be entertaining the crowd with a performance on Saturday, January 25th at Noon at the Rice Park Stage.  After the show, Mad Science will have interactive booths available to keep people of all ages busy and other activities will be available.  The performance and activities are all part of Energy in the Park presented by Xcel Energy.

So it is time to put on the outdoor gear and join other Twin Cities goers at the St. Paul Winter Carnival starting tomorrow!




17 Weekend and Ongoing Events for Jan. 10th -12th, 2014

January 10th,2014
2014, Arts, Contests, Food, Free Stuff, Indoor, Kid Friendly, Local Business, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do, Twin Cities Attractions





Minnesota Science Museum * Various Days and Times * $8 adults, $7 children and seniors, 1 free per day for members

This year sees the Omnifest opens with Great White Shark, Blue Planet, Ring of Fire, Stomp’s World Beat and To the Limit. Come for the movies, but stay for the interesting exhibits at the Science Museum. Omnifest open through February 28th.



Explore Minnesota Tourism * 10 Sites around the state * FREE * Prizes

If you have an adventuring bone in your body, you should check out the Checkpoint Minnesota Contest being sponsored by Explore Minnesota Tourism.  “We want folks to go to as many checkpoints as they can throughout the state,” says Alyssa Ebel with Explore Minnesota Tourism.  There is $40,000 worth of prizes available, including $1,000 gift packs for the first four people to hit all 10 locations. Simply register on the website and post a picture.  Every check in is eligible for a prize.  There are three check points right in the Twin Cities: including the Midtown Greenway bike path in Minneapolis, the Hon Rose Ice Oval in Roseville and the Hyland Cross Country ski trail in Bloomington.



Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe * Mon – Thurs 7p and 9:30p, Fri – Sat 7p and 10p, Sun 7p, FREE

For the first time, MOA guests will be brought together daily for an experience that will take visitors on an emotional journey through music and lights.  Universe of Light will underscore the unexpected and surprising characteristics of MOA, combines with the fun, playful, nature of Nickelodeon Universe.  The nine-minute interactive light show will be an ongoing attraction for mall visitors. Lights, music and smoke effects will transform the air space into a Technicolor dream that is sure to excite and engage.



Mall of America, Southeast Corner of Level 3 * Mon – Thurs Noon to 8p, Fri – Sat 10a to 10p, Sun 10a to 7p, Various prices

Featuring the world’s most famous fashion icon, this exhibition brings the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse to life for Barbie fans of all ages! Focusing on fun interactivity, the exhibition is a one-of-a-kind experience allowing visitors to become a living doll in the Barbie Dreamhouse! Become a part of the fabulous Barbie lifestyle and discover each room of her amazing Malibu Dreamhouse.  Dress up in the Barbie dream closet, be a star in the Barbie fashion show, virtually bake in the Barbie kitchen and more.



St. Paul Rivercenter * Fri.: Noon – 9p, Sat.: 10a – 9p, Sun.: 10a – 5p * Adults $9, Children 6-12 $2.50, 5 & under FREE

It’s a boat show! It’s a camping show! It’s an outdoor equipment show! It’s a travel show! It’s a family fun show! On Saturday and Sunday Meet Ron Schara & Raven for Kid’s Fishing School, free prizes for kids will be given out.  There will also be a Live Trout Pond where you can try to a hook a trout.



Park Square Theatre, St. Paul * Various Days and Times through February 2nd

Rambunctious, sexy and snide…with a script that cleverly rhymes! Why would that saucy minx Celimene, surrounded by rich adoring suitors, fall for oh-so-serious Frank? And what could he possibly see in society’s leading party girl? Their battle of wits turns from hilarious tug-of-war into true love story. Tony Award-nominated David Ives fills his deliciously off-color romantic spoof with anonymous love letters, false proposals, hidden identities and characters you can’t help rooting for.



Theatre in the Round * Various Days and Times through February 2nd  

Inspired by a true story, this play follows the trail of a young black con man who charms his way into the lives of a wealthy New York couple. He first appears on their doorstep wounded, saying he’s just been mugged in Central Park, and introduces himself as a friend of their children at Harvard — and the son of movie star Sidney Poitier. Intelligent, funny, at times disturbing, this comedy-drama is a compelling evening of theatre and was named by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle as Best New Play of the Year.



MN Historical Society, Alexander Ramsey House * 7pm today January 10

Secrets of Victorian life emerge from the shadows in this adult evening program series. Monthly programs explore hidden aspects of Victorian history through letters, journals, music, theatrical presentations and parlor games. From medical practices and political controversies, to superstitious beliefs and romantic encounters, discover why Victorian society was not what it appeared to be. Programs are offered the second Friday of the month.



The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra * Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie * 8pm * Tickets $12-42

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra * Ordway Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul * 8pm * Tickets $12-42

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra * Tedd Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis Cedar / Riverside * 2pm * Tickets $12-42

On this program, Peteris Vasks’ Vox amoris will be performed by renowned Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, “whose rare gift is to become rather than perform the music he plays” (The Guardian). Vox amoris (“Voice of love”) is a powerfully evocative love story, told through the expressive voices of the solo violin and orchestra. The program opens with a work by one of Kuusisto’s countrymen, Finnish guitarist and composer Kalle Kalima, and closes with Haydn’s final symphony.



Hyatt Regency Hotel Minneapolis * Friday 2p – 12a, Saturday 11a – 12a, Sunday 11a – 8p, $20 for day, $40 for weekend

Special guests include Jime Litwalk from Ink Master (Season 3 Runner Up), Amy Nicoletto from LA Ink, Alli Baker from Best Ink, James Vaughn from Ink Master, Kyle Dunbar from Ink Master, and Billy Decola from NY Ink.  There are also several official after parties Friday 11p – 2a at Devil’s Advocate, Saturday 11p – 2a at Seven and Sunday 8p – 12a at Market Bar-B-Que.




Mall of America, Rotunda * Saturday 8a – 8:30p,

Come for the thrill of competition against the Midwest’s most talented cheer leading and dance teams in the 11th annual cheer leading and dance championships! Over 2,000 dancers and cheerleaders will compete in the 2014 Spirit of America Championships.  Administered by the Universal Dance Association.  The competition is open to Junior High, Senior High, and College teams.



New Brighton Community Center * Saturday 9:30a – 1:30p * FREE

Be Active, Live Life at this New Brighton Community Center Fitness sponsored event providing more than 40 booths of expert advice on health and fitness. Meet fitness instructors, ask questions and perform a few movements at the trial group fitness classes. Our personal trainers will be available in the fitness center to answer questions. Also available will be massage therapists, healthy foods & supplements, chiropractors and wellness leaders. Enjoy free access to the fitness center, membership discounts, wellness assessments, Eagles Nest coupons and more fun freebies. Come and experience new opportunities for your health, and it starts with New Brighton Parks and Recreation.



The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis * One Night Only Sat. January 11th

6 new plays created in just 24 hours with some of the Twin Cities’ most bad-ass female theatre artists!  Theatrical thrills, spills, triumphs and tragedies – you witness the results – one night only!


Winter Frolic

MN Historical Society, NW Company Fur Port, Pine City, Sat. 12p–4p * Adults $9, Sen. & College $7, Age 6-17 $6, under 6 FREE

Play a round of Ojibwe snow snake, learn about winter travel during the fur trade or snowshoe across the site’s 1.5 miles of nature trails. Plus, toss a curling stone and learn about the game’s connection to the North West Company. If the thought of winter activities gives you a brain freeze, then head to the visitor center for a blazing fire and cup of cocoa.



Winter Trails Day * Fort Snelling State Park

Leisure Lifelines: The role of Winter Recreation through History * Gooseberry Falls State Park

“Discover Winter” Snowshoe Hike * Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish! Ice Fishing * Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe * Lake Carlos State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike * Lake Maria State Park

Snowshoeing for Beginners * Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Candlelight Ski * St. Croix State Park

Animal Tracks and Signs * Wild River State Park

Let’s Snowshoe! * William O’Brien State Park




Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Oswald Visitor Canter, January 11th the 31st, various times

A touch of the tropical rainforest in the midst of a Minnesota winter! Beautiful orchids and bromeliads are blooming to create a 20′ tree, with each plant watered by a special drip irrigation system designed by Arboretum staff. Come see a variety of beautiful flowers – 350 orchids and 175 bromeliads, including a vertical carpet of Spanish moss – that traveled from Florida and bask in thoughts of warm weather. To take in its soaring height, view the Tropical Tree from either end of the Great Hall or the balcony area. Then get up close and personal to these amazing plants and savor the unique beauty and scent of each bloom! Then walk to the Snyder Building for another tropical flower display in the Meyer-Deats Conservatory. 




TCF Bank Stadium * Sunday 8a – 8:30p

Skate on the ice at TCF Bank Stadium before the Hockey City Classic during the Public Free Skate day!  Claim a FREE skate pass while supplies last by visiting TCF Bank Branch locations.

The University of Minnesota will host the 2014 Hockey City Classic Friday, Jan. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The outdoor college hockey doubleheader will showcase the Golden Gopher women’s team vs. Minnesota State at 4:30 p.m. and men’s team vs. Ohio State at 8 p.m.

5 Reasons we want to see you at the Healthy Life Expo this weekend!

January 8th,2014
2014, Free Stuff, Indoor, Kid Friendly, Things To Do

Five reasons might seem like a small number to go with here, with so many awesome things going on at the Healthy Living Expo this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center, but I had to narrow it down to keep you guys interested and motivated. Speaking of motivated, that brings me to reason #1.

#1 It is January … that time of year when we have all made some “resolutions” to change things in our lives. Before it gets to far gone in the year, hit up the expo for ideas, motivation and support to make this the year you actually stick to those resolutions.
#2 I can’t think of many things better than FREE. See the image to the right? You can print out this picture or print out tickets for the expo at for 2 free admissions.
#3 Even though the #PolarVortex is supposed to have moved on by this weekend, it is still Minnesota and we have to find as many things to do inside as we can. Perfect excuse to get out and then get right back into another building. At least the view will have changed. You might even meet some new people – I bet you didn’t realize there were so many people in Minnesota during the winter!
#4 The 1st 100 people in line will receive a FREE goodie bag containing exclusive items provided by their Health professionals! Plus, prize drawings and give-aways all day long!
#5 With 3 stages of experts, up to 200 exhibitors, FREE seminars, and demonstrations you can find new products and ideas all related to your health. There are also going to be free samples, health screenings and goodies.
Healthy Living Expo



So I hope I will see you out at the expo this weekend. Until then keep warm and try to keep up with those resolutions!

Thanksgiving Help from

November 18th,2013
2013, Food, Free Stuff, Indoor, Kid Friendly, Things To Do

Turkey Buying Guide

With the Holiday season starting next week, the panic I get every year is starting to take over. How will I get all the shopping, planning and execution done for not just one party but two in a month’s time along with shopping for holiday gifts?

Well this year has come to the rescue with Thanksgiving dinner and party planning so there are no hiccups in my schedule. I can already feel the panic starting to subside.

Thanksgiving Countdown – How To Plan A Delicious And Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal

Already stressing about planning a Thanksgiving meal for a large group of loved ones? Haven’t even started thinking about it? Never fear, the experts of are here to help plan everything from guest lists to grocery store shopping and meal planning to ensure that Thanksgiving Day is as stress-free as possible.

Thanksgiving Planner
Turkey Buying Guide
Worry-Free Wine Presentation at Thanksgiving
5 Thanksgiving Day Fixes
How to Carve a Turkey

And if you find that the meal is going to be served later in the day and you have friends or relatives in town, how about a Thanksgiving themed brunch before the big meal?

Thanksgiving Brunch

Have you woken up starving on the morning of Thanksgiving only to find that the big meal won’t be served until the afternoon or how about you want to celebrate with your friends but everyone already has their own Turkey day plans? We’ve got a solution! Have you tried a Thanksgiving brunch? Check out these great recipes on that will prepare your palette for the big meal without spoiling your appetite. Mimosas served separately.

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Onion Galette with Stilton

Picnic Deviled Eggs
Waffled Leftover Thanksgiving Brunch

Twin Cities Book Festival

October 7th,2013
2013, Arts, Festivals, Food, Free Stuff, Indoor, Things To Do

TC Book Fest 1

Book lovers unite! The annual Twin Cities Book Festival, hosted by Rain Taxi, takes place Saturday, October 12th, and is sure to be a delight. The Twin Cities Book Festival is the upper Midwest’s largest and most significant literary gathering.

This free event is available for all ages and is a way for Minnesota’s devoted literary community to celebrate our vibrant literary culture and connect over real-life books and literary conversations.

Taking place in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fair grounds, the Twin Cities Book Festival will welcome a wide variety of local and nonlocal authors and publishers, including authors Nicholas Baker and Howard Mohr, and poet Rae Armantrout. You can participate in book signings and panels taking place between 10AM and 5PM.

TC Book Fest 2As always, the Twin Cities Book Festival will also play host to its annual used book sale. You can sift through mounds of used books while resting assured that all of the proceeds go towards funding and supporting this awesome literary event.

Since this year’s book festival will be taking place on the Minnesota State Fair grounds, there will be a variety of State Fair concession stands open in and around the area. So, come hungry!

New to the festival this year is the Local Lit Lounge. There, books will be available for purchase and authors will be available to sign your books and to converse with.

There is really no better way to spend a Saturday than immersed in all things literature.

For more information, please visit

Fall Colors Fine Art & Jazz Festival in Stillwater

October 5th,2013
2013, Arts, Festivals, Food, Free Stuff, Kid Friendly, Local Business, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do

Fall Colors Art & Jazz

People pay good money to take a cruise down the St. Croix during this time of year with its fiery colors exploding blue background of the river.

How fitting that October is also time for Stillwater’s Fall Colors Fine Art and Jazz Festival. Held this weekend, October 5th and 6th, to coincide with nature’s artistic showing, the art and music festival attracts approximately 10,000 visitors each year to take in the Jazz stage performances and fine artistic craftsmanship of all types set between Historic Main Street and the St. Croix Riverfront.

With 70 artists on hand to this year showing off their creations you can find anything from wood, metal, glass, photography, paintings, pottery and jewelry.

CRANKSHAFT kicks off the musical line up this year while Mick Sterling closes down the event. Also catch RAMM with Paul Mayasich and Gypsy Mania Hot Club.

When you’re appetite kicks in, check out the art offered by the food vendors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

From extremely skilled artisans and great musicians to the romance of horse-drawn carriages, wedding photos gondola rides. and great food, this festival has taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing covered!

For three decades the Fall Colors Fine Art and Jazz Festival has been going strong and continues to grow every year.

For more information:

The Butcher and the Boar’s 3rd Annual Boar Festival

October 4th,2013
2013, Food, Free Stuff, Local Business, Music, Outdoor, Slider, Things To Do


It’s that time of the year again. Fall has finally descended upon us in a flurry of crisp mornings and chilly nights. It’s the time of year when cozy sweaters, pumpkin-spiced lattes and apple cider are on everyone’s minds. Are oysters and sausages part of that list as well? They are for me (why is it that only food reminds me of fall?)! And, where this fall can you get your fill of delicious beer, oysters and sausages? The answer is at the Butcher and the Boar’s Third Annual Boar Festival!

Presented by the Butcher and the Boar Sausages, the Third Annual Boar Festival will take place this year on Sunday, October 6th from noon to 10PM at the Butcher and the Boar restaurant in Minneapolis. It is being advertised as a day filled with live music, sausage, beer and bourbon, and if it’s anything like last year, it definitely won’t disappoint.

Admission is free to this all day event; how could you refuse? Come hungry, because the menu includes both grilled and chilled oysters, the Butcher and the Boar’s signature cured meats, as well as a wide selection of the Butcher and the Boar sausages. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is.

To wash down all of that deliciousness, the Butcher and the Boar will be offering a full line up of Fulton beers as well as a special drink menu featuring exclusive Knob Creek single barrel bourbon.

This year’s Boar Fest is going to be a huge party. Not only will you be able to munch down some of the most succulent sausages in Minneapolis, you’ll be able to enjoy some great music as well. The line up this year is spectacular: featuring Solid Gold, Davina and the Vagabonds, Jack Brass Band, Luke Warm and the Cool Hands, Drew Peterson and the Dead Pigeons, and City on the Make. The music will take place on two stages in the Butcher and the Boar’s beer garden and the parking lot. That’s right; this party is going to be so big, it will encompass two full areas.

So, if you’re looking for something to do on October 6th, head on down to the Butcher and the Boar. It’s sure to be a great way to spend an early fall day.

For more information, please visit the Butcher and the Boar’s website at

Art Crawls this weekend in the Twin Cities

October 3rd,2013
2013, Arts, Free Stuff, Indoor, Outdoor, Things To Do

Artists and art lovers, unite! There are several different art crawls taking place around the Twin Cities area this weekend (October 4th-6th).

2013 Skyline Art Crawl

Skyline art crawl

Sponsored by the Skyline Fine Arts Consortium, the second annual Skyline Art Crawl will take place on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th at the Maple Grove Government Center.

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the Skyline Fine Arts Consortium, I’ll give you a bit of a background on it. Founded by a small group of art enthusiasts, the Skyline Fine Arts Consortium is a grassroots, non-profit arts organization that works to promote fine arts throughout the Twin Cities area. The SFAC prides itself with providing both unique opportunities to local artists as well as offering cultural enrichment to the community.

This year’s Skyline Art Crawl is a free event that is open to all ages. It will feature artwork from twenty-plus artists. All of the pieces of artwork on display will be available for both viewing and for purchase, so don’t forget your wallet!

The Skyline Art Crawl is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with some of the fantastic artists that Minnesota has to offer.

St. Paul Art Crawl

Beginning Friday, October 4th and lasting until Sunday, October 6th, the St. Paul Art Crawl will lead you throughout the city and provide you with an expansive amount of art from some of Minnesota’s most established artists.

Kicking off with a launch party hosted by Minnesota Museum of American Art at 4:30 on October 4th in the Project Space, the St. Paul Art Crawl will guide you through the various art studios St. Paul has to offer.

Pedi cabs will be available to bring you from studio to studio in St. Paul where you can participate in artist-lead tours of art galleries, watch artists paint right before your eyes, and gaze upon local art.

An awesome studio you should be sure to stop by is Studio 410 at the Jax Buildings located at 253 E. 4th St. Here, artists Jeff Nelson and DWITT will be painting throughout the entire Art Crawl. When finished, the collaborative work will be raffled off. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to watch an artist in action.

You should also be sure to stop by the Artists’ Alley Mini Fest hosted by the 262 Building and Lowertown Lofts Artists’ Cooperative. This family-friendly mini-festival will provide live performances, free art activities and art demonstrations. The Mini Fest will be a place to take a break from the art crawl and enjoy a few snacks and good company.

The weather in the cities is supposed to be kind of dreary all weekend, so what better excuse to get out of the house than an Art Crawl or two? Take some time this weekend to acquaint yourself with all of the great local art Minnesota has to offer.
St. Paul Art crawl

Got your internet cat video fix lately?

August 28th,2013
2013, Festivals, Free Stuff, Kid Friendly, Outdoor, Things To Do

How can you make the Great Minnesota Get Together even better? How about having the 2nd Internet Cat Video Festival at the Grandstand stage tonight at 7pm? Did you just have a silly, childish giggle emerge with the thought of how much you want to be there, but how to explain it to your friends?

Well there is nothing to worry about as last years event attracted over 10,000 people to the showing at the Walker Art Center. With the Festival at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, there are sure to be even more!

Cat Fest

Highlights of the Fest this year include:
* Cat Cosplay (Which we guess you can do anytime, but here you have a forum for it)
* Butter Cat will be presented before the videos begin (Created by the Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculptor)
* Pick up your Golden Kitty Poster or #CatVidFest Tour T-shirt
* Appearances by local Internet Cat Video Stars Kittens Inspired by Kittens created by Maddie Kelly and everyone’s favorite Pudge the Cat
* Appearance by Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat!
* Meet Mike Bridavsky, owner of Lil BUB, author of Lil BUB’s Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet being released shortly on September 3rd!


We hope to see you there, however you may not recognize us in our Sphynx cat outfit!